Self Discovery in Anansi Boys

In West African culture, Anansi is a cunning god, who takes the shape of a spider. He is known to be a trickster and very deceitful. He is considered the god of all knowledge of stories. In other words, Anansi owns all stories. In Anansi Boys, the main character, Fat Charlie, learns a great deal … Read more

Symbolism of Eyes in “The Sandman”

In “The Sandman” by E.T.A. Hoffmann, Nathanael composes a letter to his fiancee’s brother Lothar recalling the terror of the legendary Sandman who would steal the eyes of children who wouldn’t go to bed and feed them to his own children in the moon. From then on in the short story, any mention of eyes … Read more

Beauty and the Beast and Tiger’s Bride: What Do They Have In Common

Is the real beast the patriarchy? From a story where beauty becomes a beast, underlying issues of femininity, identity, and society are questioned, years before Disney upheld traditional notions of a female’s role through their portrayal of Beauty and the Beast. The Tiger’s Bride by Angela Carter is a feminist revision of the traditional fairytale, … Read more

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The book Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the 8th book in the Harry Potter series and follows the life of Harry Potter after Hogwarts. The book starts off with Harry Potter’s kids, Albus Potter and Rose Granger-Weasley, going to Hogwarts for the first time. On the Hogwarts Express, school train, Albus makes friends … Read more